Sex transgressor Jeffrey Epstein paid school tuition for the kids of then-governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, whose spouse made efforts to protect trainee visas and a work license for girls linked to Epstein, according to an upgraded court filing Thursday by JPMorgan Chase
Those tuition payments, whose period and quantities were not exposed, permitted then-Gov John de JonghJr “to funnel additional money to his political campaigns,” JPMorgan stated in the filing in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
Epstein likewise “offered to fund Governor de Jongh’s defense in the Governor’s criminal case,” where the then-governor was charged in 2015 in connection with using public funds to make security enhancements at his personal home, according to the filing. Those charges were dropped in early 2016 by the Virgin Islands Department of Justice.
JPMorgan declares Epstein’s kindness belonged to his wider effort to develop sway on the islands.
The filing becomes part of the bank’s defense of a civil claim by the U.S. Virgin Islands declaring JPMorgan helped with Epstein’s sex trafficking of girls. Epstein, who was a JPMorgan consumer in between 1998 and 2013, owned 2 personal islands in the area and mistreated several girls at his home on among those islands.
JPMorgan rejects misbehavior in the event.
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon is because of be deposed Friday for the Virgin Islands’ claim, along with for a comparable one submitted versus the bank by an accuser of Epstein.
“Lest there be doubt that Epstein’s objective was to acquire impact, First Lady [Cecile] de Jongh clearly encouraged Epstein on how to purchase control of the USVI political class,” the filing states.
The file likewise describes one time when Cecile de Jongh was “asking Epstein what visas the ‘ladies’ have and trying to arrange English as a Second Language classes for them.”
FormerGov de Jongh worked as Virgin Islands guv in between 2007 and 2015.
Cecile de Jongh worked for Epstein, handling his business in the area. She made $200,000 in 2007 alone, the filing notes.
CNBC has actually connected to the de Jonghs for remark through a property management company in the Virgin Islands where the previous guv is a director.
The filing was very first docketed Tuesday with substantial redactions, however it was refiled Thursday, with some information about previousGov de Jongh and Cecile now noticeable. Also noticeable are accusations associated to present Virgin IslandsGov Albert BryanJr and his instant predecessor because workplace, Kenneth Mapp.
Bryan, who is because of be deposed June 6 in the event, recommended schools to which Epstein need to contribute $50,000, the filing stated. Bryan likewise asked $30,000 go to the Virgin Islands Little League, according to the file.
Portions of the filing that showed up Tuesday stated the federal government of the Virgin Islands was “complicit in the crimes of Jeffrey Epstein.”
JPMorgan stated Epstein– who passed away in 2019 by a jailhouse suicide while waiting for trial on federal sex trafficking charges– offered leading authorities in the area cash, recommendations and prefers as they looked the other method when he trafficked girls there.
A representative for the Office of the Attorney General of the Virgin Islands, in an emailed declaration reacting to the upgraded filing, stated, “JPMorgan Chase facilitated Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse, and should be held accountable for violating the law.”
“This is an obvious attempt to shift blame away from JPMorgan Chase, which had a legal responsibility to report the evidence in its possession of Epstein’s human trafficking, and failed to do so,” the representative stated.
The record calls Cecile de Jongh, who handled Epstein’s business there when she was very first girl, “a ready partner” in assisting Epstein transportation girls to make use of in the Virgin Islands, where he preserved a house.
The bank declared Cecile de Jongh was “Epstein’s primary conduit for spreading money and influence throughout the USVI government.” The filing stated she emailed him in 2011 proposed language for an expense in the Virgin Islands legislature that would upgrade sex transgressor tracking laws.
“This is the suggested language; will it work for you?” she asked because e-mail, according to the filing.
The file likewise stated Epstein, who was a signed up sex transgressor due to his conviction in Florida state court in 2008 for obtaining sex from a small, responded, “We should add out of country for more than 7 days, otherwise I could not go for a day trip to Tortola, at the last minute.”
JPMorgan declared Epstein, in spite of getting “lucrative tax incentives” and “lax enforcement” of his sex transgressor status from the Virgin Islands, “still could not freely transport and exploit young women without assistance from USVI government officials.”
The filing stated Cecile de Jongh “arranged for Epstein to meet with a local immigration lawyer to assist at least one” girl who required a visa to go to the American area.
Cecile de Jongh likewise “contacted the University of the Virgin Islands … to find out whether three young women could enroll there to obtain student visas,” according to the filing.
“Perhaps cognizant of the threat in having actually a signed up sex transgressor sign the letter, First Lady de Jongh composed to Epstein that he needs to consider whether ‘[he] need to sign [the letter] or among us,'” the file stated.
“Ultimately UVI structured a bespoke class to enroll victims and provide cover for their presence in the territory — the same year Epstein donated $20,000 to the university through one of his companies,” the filing stated.
“In addition to visas, a few of the girls Epstein gave the island likewise required
work,” the filing kept in mind.
The file stated when among those females required an oral license, “First Lady de Jongh reached out to the Director for the Office of Professional Licensure and Health Planning at the USVI Department of Health regarding a ‘new practice act’ that would have ‘significant changes and allowances for reciprocity.'”
“The Director composed toMs de Jongh that when the act preceded the Senate Committee she would have a ‘clearer concept on what [the young woman’s] choices are moving on,'” it stated.
The filing declared Cecile de Jongh likewise connected to contacts in the attorney general of the United States’s workplace and lawyer general’s workplace about the brand-new guidelines.
“Ultimately, First Lady de Jongh was successful,” the filing stated. “The girl ultimately set
up a regional oral practice in the USVI and shared a workplace with Epstein’s business.”
In detailing claims Cecile encouraged Epstein on how to utilize his cash to manage political leaders in the USVI, the filing states Epstein, at her tip, “explored paying monthly retainers to USVI politicians to ensure their ‘loyalty and access.'”
“First Lady de Jongh recommended that Epstein ‘think about putting Celestino [White] on some sort of month-to-month retainer. That is what will get you his commitment and gain access to,'” stated the file.
White was a USVI senator.
The filing likewise information how Epstein fulfilled frequently with the management of the USVI Port Authority, which rented garage area to him at its airport, where females were generated for Epstein.
Cecile de Jongh at one point asked Epstein, on behalf of her hubby, the guv, “if he would support” the quote by then-USVISen Carlton Dowe to go back to the Port Authority, the filing stated.
Dowe, according to the message from Cecile, would be a “good person for us” there, the filing stated.
“Based on his government connections, when traveling through the USVI’s airport accompanied by young women as a registered sex offender, Epstein could count on his ‘great relationship’ with the officials there to avoid scrutiny or detection,” the filing stated.
“In sum, in exchange for Epstein’s cash and gifts, USVI made life easy for him,” JPMorgan’s filing stated.
The file included, “The government mitigated any burdens from his sex offender status. And it made sure that no one asked too many questions about his transport and keeping of young girls on his island.”